Organ concert May 13

At 7 p.m., Saturday, May 13, Trinity Lutheran Church will host Rockford native Jason Alden in an organ concert that will benefit Trinity Day Care, Inc.

The “Casavant at its Best” concert will demonstrate the beauty and diversity of the Casavant Organ that was recently refurbished by Alden.

Alden received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish and biology from Elmhurst College, and his master’s of music degree from Valparaiso University.

Alden was recently involved in the restoration of two historic Belgian organs in Costa Rica. In 1998, he performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, and in June 2003, he played a gala concert celebrating the restoration of the organ at the Metropolitan Cathedral in San José, Calif. His documentation of the organs of Costa Rica was published in 2000 in The Tracker.

Alden is organist and director of music at Divine Shepherd Lutheran church and university organist at Concordia University, both in Ann Arbor, Mich. He is also a full-time doctoral student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studies organ with James Kibbie and harpsichord with Edward Parmentier.

Trinity Lutheran Church is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first worship service in their new sanctuary, which was held May 13, 1956. The organ was an important addition to the new church, and its 50 years are also celebrated this weekend.

There is no admission for the concert, but a free-will offering that will support Trinity Day Care, Inc., will be received.

From the May 10-16, 2006, issue

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